I will thank the Lord with all my heart as I meet with his godly people. How amazing are the deeds of the Lord! All who delight in him should ponder them. Psalm 111:1-2 NLT

Monday, December 6, 2010

The Gift of Being Special

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Last week I asked my Sunday school students what makes them so special in God's eyes. One twelve-year-old girl said, "I'm special because God created only one of me."

I absolutely loved her answer!

Mary was special and highly favored in God's eyes. He chose her to carry His son. What an amazing blessing! Mary didn't come from royalty or come from an extraordinary family. She was an ordinary young woman whom God favored to bear his Son. She had a humble heart and chose to obey God.

We may feel like we're ordinary, nothing special. Who would want to use us? We can't make a difference.

Wrong.

God's plans for our lives may be unknown, but when we approach His throne with humble hearts and remain obedient to His will, He can work through us to do extraordinary things.

I'm constantly moved by Susie Warren's testimony about My Book Therapy. She had a vision and trusted God to make it happen. When she started writing, Susie was basically unknown. Not even a decade later, her books are winning amazing awards because she remains obedient to God's calling in her life. Her teaching spirit inspires and encourages other writers to strive for the brass ring. No wonder she won ACFW's Mentor of the Year award. So well deserved.

God made only one Susan May Warren. None of us can write exactly like her. Bummer. :) However, we can apply the principles she teaches to strengthen our own writing.

We don't know what God has in store for our writing. But if we surrender our lives to Him, he will give us the desires of our hearts.

During this Christmas season, take time to listen to God's voice to hear what He may be laying on your heart. Ponder the peace that resonates deep within you, and then thank Him for his unconditional love and the abilities He gave you.

Like snowflakes, we are one of a kind. We are special and highly favored in His eyes.

Question for you: What makes you special? What unique abilities do you have?

Lisa Jordan
www.lisajordanbooks.com

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16 comments:

  1. Great post & I'm so glad you're teaching Sunday School. I also love your student's answer. Be blessed this week in the same manner that you bless many this week through the many gifts in your life.

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  2. Thanks, Dee. You're such an encourager!

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  3. While many of us marvel at how each snowflake is unique, I think we are often blind to our own uniqueness. We can look at others and see their beauty, but look in the mirror and not see any thing of beauty staring back at us.
    Interesting, isn't it?

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  4. I love the reminder to write stories that resonate in our hearts because God placed them there. Like your student, I'm special because there's only one of me. My life's experiences make me unique, so only I can tell certain stories.

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  5. It really is an amazing thought to know that God created only one of each person--experiences, personality, giftings, strengths, weaknesses, and all those little nuances that make each of us unique. I love the reminder that I am special to God because He only made one of me. Therefore, I shouldn't try to be like anyone else. :)

    Roxanne, I like what you said about writing certain stories because those are the ones that I am able to write (because of who God made me to be). This is an encouragement. It's tempting to wish that I could write like someone else. God has given me my voice (I'm still discovering it!), and I choose to use it for His glory. I'm rambling. Sorry! Thanks for your encouraging post, Lisa!

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  6. People tell me that I am transparent. I am an open book. Many people have told me that that helps them to see God in new ways etc. The things that make us unique are the things we do naturally. ;)

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  7. Wonderful post, LJ! So encouraging!! What makes me unique? Hmm... Despite being mostly completely un-fashion-conscious, I have a somewhat overblown love for scarves and boots...and I am likely the sole reason Diet Coke continues to make Diet Coke with Lime...

    Okay, but for real...I think it's so true that finding what makes us unique helps us discover our voice, create characters that come from our heart and, really, open the door to our own niche...

    And I agree with Jeanne...knowing that God made me the way I am helps curb the urge to try to be like someone else.

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  8. Hm...I can read in the shower without destroying the book. (However, this little talent is one thing holding my husband back from buying me a Kindle for Christmas...)

    Is that what you were looking for, LJ? :-)

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  9. Love this post, Lisa. What surprises people most about me is that I love to write about murder/suspense. It seems odd to be so thankful God gave me a lovely, twisted mind to do this. lol

    Your Sunday School class is so fortunate to have you!

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  10. Beth, you're so right about us not seeing our own unique qualities. We don't want to come off as bragging about our abilities, but knowing our strengths helps us be a blessing to others.

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  11. Roxanne, you're so right. And you're the only one who can tell those stories with your personal experiences. That's the great thing about writing--we're not cookie cutter writers.

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  12. Jeanne, it's so easy for us to say, "I wanna write like Susie...Rachel...Colleen...Jenness...etc." However, that's not how God designed us, and we should embrace our own talents and unique voices. You're so right. :)

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  13. Ginger, I agree about your transparency. That allows for a humble heart before God. You are a wonderful blessing to so many people!

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  14. Melissa, I so totally agree. The words we use, our mannerisms, our reactions all reflect on how God created us. I'm a very passionate person who cries at Hallmark commercials. I believe God allowed this quality in order for me to be able to write characters who tug on readers' hearts.

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  15. You can read in the shower, Jenness??? I completely understand soaking in the tub, but my showers last about 5 minutes, so there's no book reading for me. Yes, I believe you do have a talent. :)

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  16. Pat, my son was reading a suspense novel about a year ago and mentioned suspense writers must be twisted people. I told him I know many lovely people who you'd never suspect could write suspense. :D

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